Are you looking for a sweet treat this festive month?
Celebrate Christmas this summer with these seven delicious recipes!
1. Christmas Gelatin Layers
- Five boxes of jello: 3 red and 2 green, two cans of sweetened condensed milk, measure a cup of boiling water, cherries, whip cream, mint leafs
- Pour a cup of boiling water for each individual gelatin mixture
- Then layer the red gelatin mix onto the pan and cool off for 15mins, repeat steps when alternating colors
- Garnish with whipped topping
- Add cherry and mint leafs for the finish touch
2. Pita Tree Appetizers
- Pita bread, pretzel sticks, sour cream, guacamole, red bell pepper
- Cut each pita into 8 wedges then insert pretzel stick, spread guacamole mixture, sprinkle bell pepper as “ornaments”, and enjoy your Christmas Pita Tree
3. Melting Snowman on a Cookie
- Cookie dough, marshmallow, frosting
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4. Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments
- Peppermint candies
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Spray the inside of each cookie cutter with cooking spray
- Layer the peppermints inside the cookie cutters
- Place the baking pan inside the oven for 3-9 minutes
- Once removed, let the candy sit inside cookie cutter until it re-hardens.
- Use tooth-pick to make a hole in each group of candies
- Tie a ribbon onto your ornament and let it hang on a tree
5. Watermelon Christmas Trees
- ¼ fresh watermelon (quartered lengthways)
- Once the watermelon is cut into slices, trim the rind on both sides and leave the middle attached
- Then cut a 40 degree triangle on both edges of the flesh to create a Christmas Tree effect
6. Sundae Snowman
- Large marshmallow (snowman head), 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream (snowman body), red licorice twists (arms), chocolate chips (buttons), chocolate icing in a tube (eyes & mouth)
7. Santa Strawberries
- Strawberries, whipped cream, poppy seeds
- Cut-off the top of the strawberries
- Then slice a small piece off the other end of the berries
- Top whip cream and sandwich the other end
- Add two poppy seeds for the eyes
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Dante Rossetti and an Old Man
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.
Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man. The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to expect Rossetti’s judgment.
He then apologized for taking up Rossetti’s time, but would he just look at a few more drawings – these done by a young art student? Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed. “These,” he said, “oh, these are good. This young student has great talent. He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it.”
Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. “Who is this fine young artist?” he asked. “Your son?” “No,” said the old man sadly. “It is me – 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up – too soon.”
The Elephant Rope
As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?
Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.
On October 3rd five year old Daniel the dog was sentenced to his death along with 18 other dogs in an overcrowded animal shelter in Florence, Alabama. When the animal control officer came back to the locked gas chamber when the operation was complete, he found Daniel waiting at the door wagging his tail. All of the other dogs were dead. Not only was Daniel alive, he was completely healthy.
His story has caused several charity groups come to his side to make sure he is never sent back the the gas chambers. His new foster parents named him Daniel after the biblical story of Daniel, who walked out of a lion’s den completely unharmed. Now that Daniel has reached celebrity status he will have no problem finding a permanent home and has hundreds of applicants wishing to adopt him.
You can read the complete story here.
23 years ago Su Meck was in a freak accident that seemed like something that could only happen in a movie. After being struck by a ceiling fan she was left with retrograde amnesia, a condition which kept her completely unable to remember the past. She had absolutely no recollection of her sons, her husband, or any of the past 22 years of her life. After the accident she was left at the level of a toddler and had to spend 2 months in the hospital learning basic tasks and reading.
The first part of her road to recovery was very difficult. She awoke each morning unable to remember who the people in her house were. She would look at photos of her own childhood and not remember any of it. Meck started using education as a way to battle her confusion. In order to regain her reading skills, she started volunteering at the school library, where she would learn along with her children. Three years ago she started taking remedial math and sociology classes at Montgomery College, utilizing the help of her children who were also in college. She recently received her associate’s degree and even graduated with honors proving that perseverance can help overcome almost any challenge in life.
You can read the full story here.
100 year old Fauja Singh proves that age is just a number and sets no limitations. He became the oldest person to finish a full distance marathon this past Sunday in Toronto, which gained him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. As he neared the finish line family, friends and supporters gathered to congratulate him. Furthermore, he completed the race beating his original prediction, which only added to his joy. This was Singh’s eighth marathon, his first being completed when he was 89. Singh has no plans of slowing down in the near future; he hopes his next project will be as a participant in the 2012 London Games torch relay.
You can read the full story here
On September 11, I was in Los Angeles. I woke up from my dad’s phone call, who told me to turn on the TV. He was calling from Armenia. The world was watching…
I remember how during those tragic days, the world came together. New York, out of a sudden, became a home for people who were one, who loved and supported each other. For New York residents the outpouring of kindness from total strangers was a bright spot in the city’s darkest hours, one that Evan and his dad Jeff would not forget.
Evan was 3 years old on September 11. His dad Jeff had lost a close friend in the World Trade Center attacks. Two years later, Evan, then 5, was fighting with his 3-year-old brother, Josh, about who deserved a new stuffed bear their dad had given them to share. When the argument subsided, Evan sat down with his dad to watch news reports of wildfires in Southern California. “There was this little girl on the news, and her house got burned down — her whole house wasn’t there,” says Evan, still sounding shocked by the realization. “I was thinking, ‘That girl has nothing and we’re fighting over this stupid toy. Why do we even need it?'”
Evan offered to donate his own toys, which only moments before had seemed so important to him, to the young victims of the wildfires. Maybe it was a flicker of the memory of so many people coming from across the country to help New York City right after Sept. 11 that made Evan do it. For Jeff, it was more than a flicker. It was his way of returning a huge favor. Jeff enlisted New Yorkers around the city to join in the donations. Four days and almost 100 volunteers later, Jeff was driving a U-Haul truck across the country with a special delivery for victims of the California wildfires. Across the side of the truck he placed a banner that read, “New York Says Thank You.”
You can read more about this volunteer organization at www.news.yahoo.com